Coolies (NZ), The Renderers, Fun Fun Funeral
Saturday, April 06, 19:30
8.15pm Fun Fun Funeral
9pm The Renderers
COOLIES have been blurting out random batches of high order avant garage spew since 1997. Sjionel Timu and Tina Pihema are the core of the band. Formed in the sprawl of South Auckland, New Zealand while they were still teens, Coolies were ostensibly a “punk” unit, but their sound was never doctrinaire. Through sheer weirdness and strength of vision, they created music that paralleled aspects of underground noise from the forests of Olympia Washington, the squats of West London, and the basements of Dunedin. Without resorting to formal revisionism, they’ve managed to take the basics of the early Rough Trade sound and smudge it with fingers dipped in the art-readymades of NZ’s underground pop groups and their own fevered experimentalism.
For a good chunk of the last decade, Stefan Neville (aka Pumice) was their drummer. This line-up cut a great LP, Master, for Chapter Music, and an even more dastardly EP, Punk Is Bread, for Epic Sweep. Most recently they presented, Kaka, gruntily produced by Neville on Feeding Tube Records. The tunes on Kaka were recorded in a couple of long jam sessions, then teased and smooshed into “shape” over the course of a year or so. The results, much like their live show are both propulsively fetching and utterly fried.
THE RENDERERS deal in ghostly folk songs, free-form freak outs, a head-spin of psychedelic hammering; anything goes. The New Zealand group have released nine albums since they formed in 1989 on labels as diverse as Flying Nun, Ba Da Bing, Siltbreeze and Merge. The Renderers feature legendary guitarist and songwriter Brian Crook and his wife, songwriter and artist Maryrose Crook, with a rotating group of members. The Crooks have been lucky enough to support a pile of great artists; Thurston Moore, at Zebulon, Los Angeles, 2018; Will Oldham, as his backing band, following which he subsequently released his own recording of A Dream of the Sea; Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, and Wooden Wand's James Toth.
In The Sodium Light: “apocalypse and dread”, Magnet Magazine, the best of 2016, Essential Music) “They invite you right inside the emotional engine room, giving an opportunity to witness their raga-psychedelic psychosis up close.”
This is their first UK concert.
FUN FUN FUNERAL make brightly coloured songs like beautiful collages, always with a little glue overlapping. Bold songwriting, dense lo-fi arrangements, a dark and happy poem. With their specially crafted samples, scraped and scratched strings, high voices, percussions, the duo exhibits original pop songs of yesterday and tomorrow.
The Lexington is an 18+ venue - please bring ID!